Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
What kind of projects have you followed where the author's goal is to teach someone something every week for 52 weeks? I'm particularly looking for the once a week format for a fixed amount of time. [more inside]
I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
I have read that John Zorn and Unsuk Chin, among others, learned music composition by transcribing music. Am I correct in thinking that this means copying an existing score? Is this a good way to learn music composition (and are there any others)? Does one copy the piece verbatim, or is there a strategy for targeting significant parts?
I'm looking to compile a list of those piano songs that "everybody" learns because they are simple, memorable, or good skill builders. Any genre is acceptable. [more inside]
I live in Brooklyn and want to take classes on electronic music composition. [more inside]
I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
How do I learn to play a song on guitar? [more inside]
I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
I taught myself to "play guitar" using tabs, but now I would very much like to actually know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this?
I taught myself to "play guitar" (more or less) using tabs, but now I would very much like to ACTUALLY know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
Calling all francophile music lovers: recommendations for modern french language songs. [more inside]
I want to learn how to make electronic music. But I need to learn in a way that guides me...very...slowly...and directedly. (Also, as free-of-charge as humanly possible.) [more inside]
First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
My mum is learning to play guitar. I am trying to find some software that would help her. I think a program that plays MIDI files would be good, so I am wondering what is a good one? But other ideas would be good too. [more inside]
Did you start learning to play an instrument in your 20s? I guess I have this feeling like it's Too Late for me! [more inside]
Miller Puckette's The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music, as a textbook, seems obtuse and unrefined to me. Am I missing something? [more inside]
As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
My son wants to learn guitar; I know how to play, but I'm a righty- he's a lefty. I'm looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
Looking for songs that are not too difficult to play and feature a guitar, bass and female vocalist. [more inside]
I want my computer to play a note for each key I press on the keyboard while typing homework/chats/etc. Hopefully, eventually I will be able to listen to the notes and tell what is being typed. Is there a program that will let me do this?
Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python is mentioned a lot as a great way to learn the Python programming language. Does something comparable exist for C++? [more inside]
I've just recently started teaching music & I want to do a good job not just teaching the technical aspects, but really getting at musicality. What were your "aha" moments when you were learning music & how do you think you could produce those same flashes of insight in someone else? [more inside]
What are the most fun, memorable, interesting, exciting, and long-lasting learning experiences you have had? [more inside]
Modern Spanish-language music to help a complete newbie? ... but I have some specific preferences based on what I like in French! [more inside]
What are some really great "learn by example" music tutorial websites? [more inside]
How can I advance from being someone who plays the guitar to a real guitarist? I'm tired of the same old open chords and basic barres. How do I become a true musician on the instrument? Kinda long inside thingy. [more inside]
I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
What 5-25 songs should I learn that will be most likely to come in handy at bluegrass/old-time music jams? [more inside]
Is there a great, free website where a child with no prior experience can learn to tune and play her new guitar? [more inside]
Help me learn Japanese via its music! [more inside]
I'm very curious about learning to play a hammered dulcimer. What do I need to know? [more inside]
How do I learn to play piano by ear? [more inside]
My wife and I are looking for a "boot camp" to learn to play electric guitar. Can you recommend any kind of retreats, workshops camps, schools, that offer intense one- or two-week e-guitar training in a pleasant, vacation-like surroundings? [more inside]
I'd like to find some tutorials or general guides for editing and creating music on the computer. [more inside]
I wanna learn the drums... [more inside]
Assuming no musical talent, which would be better for a n00b to try to learn - piano or guitar? [more inside]
Tell me what to expect learning the guitar later rather than sooner. [more inside]
Foreign-language music, for fun and learning [more inside]
I'm re-teaching myself piano and need suggestions for drills, scales and other practice material. [more inside]
I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
What is the best approach to learn how to play bass guitar? [more inside]
For the next few months, I would like to learn to play on a keyboard. [more inside]
Suppose a fellow has an interest in learning to play an upright bass. He doesn't have any illusions about being the next Mingus or William Parker, but enjoys the sound and feel of the instrument and would get personal enjoyment out of being able to play a few things. Further suppose that this fellow has very little money to invest in this endeavor. How would he go about learning?
Sound Art/Music Tech/Interesting Music: Courses (MI) [more inside]
I've just acquired a harmonica and would like to learn some tunes. Any suggestions? I know how to read music, if that helps, and my harmonica is in C.
Any drummers out there? I've been wanting to learn to play the drums for a long time. I have a solid musical background - years of piano, saxophone, and guitar - and a good sense of timing. Without much spare cash for lessons, I'm wondering if it's possible to teach yourself to play. If so, any good instructional books/CDs/techniques? And what about a starter kit - features, brands, models, price range?